Arts & Leisure

ARTIST SALLY J. SMITH, of Westport, N.Y., shows one of the fairy houses she makes from bark,moss and other materials during a fairy tea cup workshop on July 21 at the Sheldon Museum. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — We all know fairies are real, but where do they live? Why, in tiny fairy houses, of course. Who builds these homes? Well on Sunday, July 21, a group of local kids (and their parents) showed up at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury to help build Tea Cup Fairy Houses with artist Sally J. Smith of Westport, N.Y. She showed participants a few of her amazing fairy houses (now on view at the Sheldon) and shared some of her tips for creating fairy houses. “It was such fun to share my creative process with the kids and the adults who brought them to the workshop,” Smith said. “The kids...
Upcoming movies at the Red Barn Aug. 2:  Cabaret (1972) starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York Aug. 9:  Little Shop of Horrors Aug. 16:  Mamma Mia! Aug. 23:  Blindspotting   BRISTOL — The Inn at Baldwin Creek & Mary’s Restaurant in Bristol kicked off their summer movie series, “Musicals through the Decades,” on Friday, July 26 with “Singin’ in the Rain.” The series will continue for the next four consecutive Friday nights — that’s through Aug. 23 — at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy dinner before the show. Arrive by 6 p.m. to receive a 10 percent discount on your food with reserved...

FIDDLER JAKE BRILLHART and singer-songwriter Alex Smith make a welcome return to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Fiddler Jake Brillhart and singer-songwriter Alex Smith make a welcome return to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. This talented duo have toured extensively for the past six years performing Brillhart’s Cape Breton-influenced fiddle tunes and Smith’s finely crafted folk ballads. The result is a show that is both energetic and contemplative, and one that has captivated audiences from Iowa to Maine. Sarah Craig, at Caffe Lena calls Smith “a natural storyteller.” He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today’s most pressing...

'STORM BOY' WILL screen at the Middlebury Marquis on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m., during the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Kids and Family Day.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will once again hold Kids and Family Day on Wednesday, Aug. 21 — the day before the festival officially begins. MNFF will partner with the Marquis Theatre in Middlebury for this day of films and fun. MNFF will offer three outstanding family friendly films from all over the world, with screenings at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Marquis. First up, “Storm Boy,” a stirring Australian drama based on the book of the same name.  Screening next, “Liyana,” an award winning film from Swaziland that beautifully combines drama and documentary. ...

“Moments,” a painting by Brenda Myrick
BRISTOL — Bristol’s Brenda Myrick has a new show coming to town. On Saturday, Aug. 3, Myrick will open her exhibit “WINGS” at Bristol Cliffs Cafe on Main Street with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit features new works by Myrick in acrylic and oil. This is a new direction for Myrick — watercolors were her primary medium for more than three decades prior to her new exploration into oils. Nate Gusakov will perform his acoustic fiddle music during the opening from 6-7 p.m. There will be beer, wine and food available for purchase. Come check it out.
SALISBURY — On Friday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m., the 40th annual Salisbury Summer Performance Series (at the Salisbury Congregational Meetinghouse) will host a performance by Addison County favorites Deb Brisson and the Hayburners. Behind Brisson’s powerfully expressive singing, the band combines original songs with favorites by Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Keb Mo, Ryan Adams and many more. Brisson is joined by Mark Pelletier on guitar and vocals, Carl Boss on bass and vocals, John Wallace on drums, and Doug Wilhelm on harmonica, congas and percussion. The band’s repertoire, arranged and...

SQUASH AND OTHER cucurbits are among the many plant species that can be affected by powdery mildew, a persistent disease that thrives in humid conditions. Photo / Scot Nelson
If you've ever lost a nice zucchini plant or a crop of cucumbers or melons to this white fungus, then you know the heartbreak of powdery mildew. It is a plant disease that looks like its name. It starts as small white circles that look like talcum powder, circles that will spread and eventually cover your plant, reducing the amount of photosynthesis and fruit production if left untreated. Powdery mildew is actually not one single fungus, but a family of closely related fungal species that affect a range of trees, flowers and vegetables, including apple, rose, ash, birch, grapes, zinnia, lilac...

Jessie Buckley stars in “Wild Rose” (2018).
Wild Rose — Running Time: 1:41 — Rating: R How can a young woman capture us with an impossible dream? “Wild Rose” does just that by joining the inspired abilities of a singer/actor, a writer, and a director in creating on-screen magic. Actor Jessie Buckley becomes Rose-Lynn, a young mother with a beautiful voice and gut level determination. She lives a simple family life in Glasgow with her family and without any path to her dream of becoming a country singer in Nashville, Tenn. Rose-Lynn hates earning her living by cleaning the house of Susannah, a beautiful woman who sees the talent in the...
(Tin House Books) “Costalegre,” Courtney Maum’s slim new novel (smartly designed with a colorful textured jacket), will whisk you away to the beaches along the western coastline of the Mexico. Narrated by Lara — the 15-year-old daughter of Leonora Calaway, an heiress intent on creating an artist’s haven as World War II bears down — a young girl, left mainly to her own devices, desperate for affection, and finding none coming from her mother, who turns instead to the artists who have commandeered her mother’s attention. In particular, she develops a crush on Jack Klinger, a sculptor, whom she...
The Middlebury Studio School, on Route 7 South, will host a closing and opening art show reception for the community on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5-7 p.m. Come meet the artists, see their work and explore MSS. The closing exhibition, “Expanding the Mind’s Eye,” in the school’s small gallery known as the “LOO-uvre” (ha! Can you guess why?) is of letterpress prints by John Vincent of Revolutionary Press. Vincent creates both visual and thought expanding word prints made with individual letters, inked and pressed into archival paper. He will bring a letterpress to the reception so you can create...


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